Tuition & Fees

We are so excited that you’ve decided to let us be a part of your musical journey!

Tuition and fees information is listed below. Tuition may be paid in full or in monthly installments during the school year.

At CMCB, we believe finances should never stand in the way of a student’s musical ambitions. Learn more about our financial aid programs by clicking here. If you are a current CMCB student, financial aid allocations from the 2023-2024 school year will automatically be applied to your Summer 2024 enrollments. To renew financial aid for the 2024-25 school year, you must submit a simple reapplication available on our Financial Aid page.

There are four types of programming with different pricing at CMCB’s Community Music School:

  • Private Lessons (and 1:1 Music Therapy) – for students age 5 through adult
  • Ensembles & Classes – open to all, at various levels
  • Early Childhood Classes – Small group classes for students age 4-7
  • Elementary Classes – Small group classes for students age 7-12

Registration Fees

There is an annual $40.00 (individuals) or $50.00 (families) non-refundable fee for registration for Private Lessons and Ensembles/Classes.

Early Childhood and Elementary classes have a $15 non-refundable registration fee already included in the semester tuition fee.

Private Lesson & Music Therapy Pricing

*effective as of June 2024

Lesson LengthCost Per LessonCost for
Cost per
Cost per
30 minutes$58.50$292.50$1,023.75$2,047.50
45 minutes$85.00$425.00$1,487.50$2,975.00
60 minutes$112.50$562.50$1,968.75$3,937.50

*Please note, due to the 4th of July holiday, summer lessons scheduled for Thursdays will only be billed for and receive 4 lessons; prices would be $234, $340, or $450, for 30-, 45-, or 60-minute lessons, respectively.

Ensembles & Group Classes

Small Ensembles – $735 per year: Alumni Quartet, Pop/Rock Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Chamber Music Ensembles

Classes and Large Ensembles – $682.50 per year: ISP String Seminar, Intermediate String Ensemble, Junior String Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Piano Seminar, Wind Seminar, Una Voce, Adult Ukulele, and Music Theory Class

Early Childhood (age 4-7)

$445.50 per 16-week semester ($891 per year): Beginning Instruments classes

Elementary Music (age 7-12)

$635 per semester per 16-week semester ($1,270 per year): Musical Theatre Performance, Pop/Rock Guitar, Percussion Fundamentals, Country/Jazz Guitar

Payment Methods

Credit card: Please log in to your ASAP account to pay by credit card (preferred). We can also take credit card payments in person in the front office or over the phone.  If you would like to enroll in automatic billing please select “Save Credit Card for Future Purchases” when you pay, then contact the front office to authorize credit card payments. 

Cash: Please stop by the front office to pay via exact cash. CMCB is unable to make change for cash transactions.

Check: Please send your payment via check to Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Avenue, Boston, MA 02116.


Private Lessons:

  • Full payment Discount: One Free Lesson (valid only for full year lessons beginning between September and December)
  • Family Discount: 10% off if two or more persons from 1 household are engaged in CMCB programming
  • Adult Discounts: 10% off for all adults 55+
  • College Discount: 10% off – with valid student ID
  • Private lesson discounts cannot be combined with the exception of the full payment discount


  • 20% off ensemble tuition (Chamber Orchestra, Pop/Rock Bands, Jazz Ensembles, String Ensembles, Wind Ensembles, Adult Ukulele Ensemble, Theory, Una Voce) if the student is also taking Private Lessons
  • 40% off ensemble tuition if enrolled in Music Therapy

Elementary Group Discount

  • 20% off elementary group classes (such as Music Theater Performance, Pop/Rock Guitar, Percussion Fundamentals, etc) if the student is also taking Private Lessons.
  • Must be the same student. Does not apply for a student taking a group elementary class and another student taking private lessons.